We got treated to a very special demo at the 2022 Sanicole air show. We saw the only presentation of the US Air Force’s F-35 Lightning II demo in Europe for 2022. This 5th generation fighter was demonstrated by Maj. Kirstin “Beo” Wolfe. The F-25 will soon replace the General Dynamics F-16 in the Belgian Air Force.
It was not the 1st time I saw the F-35 in flight. I’ve seen a few fly-by’s from an F-35 from the Italian Air Force and a Dutch F-35 as part of a KLu heritage flight. But it was the 1st time I saw a full demo of an F-35. I was thrilled to see it demoed to us.
The F-35 is a stealth design and that means there’s no room for bombs and missiles under the wings. These weapons are tucked away in 2 bomb bays under the fuselage as seen in the photos above.
And then there is the absolute money shot. I am sure that every photographer that was at the 2022 Sanicole airshow has this shot, but what a shot it is! Afterburners on and one hell of a vapor cloud!
To complete the demonstration, Maj. Wolfe was joined by Tommy Williams and his North American P-51 Mustang. Tommy Williams, a retired US Air Force pilot and a captain for Delta Airlines, flew the beautiful Mustang from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation side by side that majestic F-35. It was a beautiful sight for sore eyes for sure.
Daria loooooooooves sparkles! She loves’em so much, she’ll grab any opportunity to wear something sparkly on our photoshoots. So, it was obvious that Daria wanted to wear these rhinestone cowboy boots when I showed them to her. I knew that I had a silver grey latex skirt that would work well with the boots. I went on a scavenger hunt for a white cowboy hat. And when I found it, I added rhinestones to the had too. Before you know it, we had an outfit that matches Daria’s beauty.
It had been a while since Joke visited my studio. Actually, it has been several years… Shame on me for not inviting her to the studio more often. We promised each other to not let that happen again.
Still, I was really cool to have her in the studio again. It was just as much fun as it had always been. After catching up on what’s been going on in our personal life over coffee, we dove into the studio. Joke was of course as beautiful and gracious as before. For her 1st set, she wore a white latex skater dress from William Wilde and over-knee ballet heels from Kassiopeya Shoes.
This 2 piece 80’s-style fitness outfit in latex from Blacklickorish is a favorite among my models. Many models like to squeeze in to this white top and the transparent body. So did model Axelle. It is the perfect outfit to flaunt her curves, for sure. And it turned out to be the perfect outfit to show off those new white high heeled boots from Pleaser Shoes I added to my collection.
And as always, Axelle and I looke for a new way to create a hairflip photo… We can not do a shoot without a hairflip. We’ve declared it to be our signature shot. And we do one on every shoot.
I hadn’t been shooting on location for a while. I desperately needed to break out of my studio. I need to break out of my studio a lot more often than I do. Shannety said she needed some new pictures for her fashion portfolio. That was the perfect opportunity for both of us to break out of my studio.
I had previously found a couple of spots in Antwerp where I wanted to shoot. We settled for a quiet location that gave us some background elements without be too distracting. We wanted Shannety to be the hero in the picture, not the city. Once we were done with the photos, we gave videos a try. It was my 1st real attempt at shooting video. I have a lot to learn still. But we got a few decent clips done that I could edit down to fun 15 second clips for Instagram stories. I have already shared some of them on my Instagram and they’re archived in my Models highlights.
Here’s a series of photos we shot that day. Enjoy! And oh, there will be a part 2 from this shoot soon.
Liz brought her best friend Yaël to our shoot. And she also brought some of her own latex outfits. The 1st thing that came to my mind when I saw her little red dress, was to glam it up with some sparkles and shoot it on an all red backdrop. It sorta felt like red carpet arrivals at the Grammys or the Oscars. Shooting Yaël against that same red backdrop was a given.
I have few little ditties that came out of my kitchen in recent weeks. Easy recipes to make that make a pretty picture.
Is there any better way to start the weekend than with a homemade cocktail? Grab your favorite citrus fruits from the fridge and squeeze them. Mix the just with 1oz of Bacardi white rum, 0.5oz of amaretto and 0.5oz Cointreau. Garnish with mint and dried citrus slices. Serve ice cold of course.
I used an orange, a lime, 2 clementines and half a grapefruit for this cocktail.
And for dessert: banana & pear milkshake! Peel 1 banana and 1 pear and cut into cubes. Freeze them for a few hours. Once fronzen solid, put them in the blender with about a cup of Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Blend until creamy. Top with whipped cream and a cherry and voilà… Dessert done!
On the 5th of May, the Dutch celebrate their liberation from Nazi Germany and the end of the 2nd World War in the Netherlands. The day before—May 4th—is Nationale Dodenherdenking (Rememberance of the Death).
As part of this year’s remembrance an Avro Lancaster did a commemorative flight over the Netherlands and some special interest sites in Belgium. The team of Sanicole Airshow secured a visit of this beauty over Sanicole airfield. I was fortunate to witness that.
The AVRO Lancaster is most notability known for their service with No. 617 Squadron RAF, more commonly known as the Dambusters. This particular aircraft—the PA474—is maintained by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It is one of only 2 remaining flight worthy Lancasters in the world.
It was a joy to see her flying in the skies over my hometown. Even if it was for just 3 passes. Thank you to the the team at Sanicole Airshow for making this happen.